New York: 15 Walking Tours Explore: An Architectural Guide to the Metropolisby Gerard Wolfe
The devastating events of 9/11 have brought a renewed interest in the rich architectural history of New York City. This highly acclaimed well-illustrated "carry-along" walking tour provides the updated information that tourists, students, architects, and historians need to fully appreciate the architectural aspects that have made NYC one of the most vital cities in the world.
This new third edition features:
* 15 walking tours of NYC's most important structures and neighborhoods
* Easy-to-use maps for each tour with major landmarks clearly indicated
* Nearly 300 vintage photos and engravings
* Interesting, little known historical "tidbits" and anecdotal stories on significant buildings
* Information on the latest landmark designations
* Revised maps and changes in transit information to reflect the effects of 9/11
So Many Street Corners, So Many Stories
By CHRIS HEDGES
JUSTIN FERATE speaks of New York City with touching propriety. Give him a street and he begins to spin it out before your eyes, not only the architecture but also what we really want to know: the gossip, the stories, the lives of men and women who scandalized us or captured our imagination. ... Mr. Ferate, in a bow tie and light green houndstooth-check coat, is animated as he tells one of his favorites about the architect Stanford White. He begins by talking about the old Madison Square Garden, which White designed, and he quotes O. Henry as calling Madison Square "the flywheel of the universe." He continues by telling about Harry K. Thaw, who killed White on the roof of the old garden in a triangle that included the Gibson Girl Evelyn Nesbit. ...
He landed in New York City 25 years ago. ...While wandering around Union Square one day, however, he walked into a bookstore and found New York: A Guide to the Metropolis," by Gerard Wolfe. Mr. Ferate said he devoured the book and called Mr. Wolfe to tell him how much he loved it. Mr. Wolfe invited him to come with him on a tour; Mr. Ferate never looked back. ...
"The city is magical. It never runs out of stories."
- McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
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- Third Edition
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- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)
Meet the Author
Gerard R. Wolfe is widely regarded as a leading authority on New York's history and architecture. The author of books, articles, and book reviews on his native city, he has also lectured widely and conducted tours,not only in New York City environs, but also in the Midwest and the Southwest. Among his publications are The Synagogues of New York's Lower East Side, The House of Appleton: The History of a Publisher, Forty-Second Street: River to River Guide, and the prize-winning Chicago: In and Around the Loop, as well as a series of essays for The Encyclopedia of New York City. He is a graduate of City University of New York, with a master's degree from New York University and a doctorate in American Studies from Union Institute in Cincinnati. He served for many years as a senior administrator at New York University's School of Continuing Education and, most recently, as Director of Arts & Liberal Studies at the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee.
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'15 Walking Tours'--and I have recently taken them all--is the most up to date and readable guide to the city that's available! I've been looking in vain for one that is easy to follow, is comprehensive and thorough, and offers a balance of architecture and history. And the illustrations are exceptionally clear and make the text very lively.
I have searched the bookstores for a walking tour guide, and after comparing what was available, I selected this one, and found it to be a superb all-around guide to the Manhattan (Brooklyn Heights also included). Wolfe has an enjoyable style that makes the city's history and architecture most interesting. And it is surprisingly up to date.
The author combines history, architecture, and human interest written in a lively, sometimes humorouos style. We enjoyed how he 'took us by the hand' and made New York come alive. We've seen other guidebooks, but this one is completely up to date--even disscusses the plans for the new WTC.